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Long-lost section of Bayeux Tapestry found

I’ve always wanted to see the Bayeux Tapestry, which now resides in the eponymous town in northwestern France. It’s not really a tapestry, like the Lady with the Unicorn series (do see that if you’re ever in Paris), but is an embroidery on cloth. Regardless, according to a tw**t by Literary Interest, a new section of […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

I’m rushing around frantically trying to get everything done before I leave for HiliLand on Saturday, so don’t expect much. Since people seemed to like the evolution post on ring species yesterday, I might do another tomorow on a new paper on the hooded crow/carrion crow hybrid zone (a famous area where two “species” meet […]

Help Denver open North America’s first cat cafe

Sana Hamelin contacted me on behalf of her partners in the Denver Cat Company, a cat cafe which is poised to open in the Mile High City. Sana was a corporate attorney who gave it all up for cats; here she is with one of her business partners, Keven Murphy (the other partner is Stella Min.) These […]

FFRF complains again, Lebanon school board stonewalls (a bad move)

I am informed by the diligent attorneys at the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) in Madison, Wisconsin that the Lebanon, Missouri school board has not answered the FFRF’s second letter to the Superintendent of Schools about Principal Kevin Lowery’s prayer at a public school. That letter, shown below, was sent three weeks ago, on June 24. […]

Templeton, heaven, and the media

In August of 2012 I wrote about the Templeton Foundation’s funding of an “Immortality Project,” in which a philosopher at the University of California at Riverside was given 5.1 million dollars to head a consortium of academics studying the afterlife, its ramifications, its possible existence, and its influence on people’s behavior. The studies also included Near Death Experiences […]

A militant atheist

This is the image that faitheists, accommodationists, and believers have when it comes to Our Own Satan. It was produced by Ben Goren, who calls it “Richard Dawkins, Militant Atheist,” who sent it with the note: The opening sentence of that execrable bit of nonsense by Nury Vittachi that you’ve got as the top post right […]

A reminder of Da Roolz

I get the feeling that many new readers here don’t know about “Da Roolz”—the guidelines for posting here—and I can’t really blame them, as they’re located on the sidebar (at this site) and there’s no way to alert someone coming here for the first time that such guidelines exist. Short of putting up a “Read Da Roolz” […]

Today’s footie: The Chomper goes to Barça

I haven’t missed a footie post since the World Cup began, but today is quiescent. There is, however, some news. According to today’s New York Times, The Chomper is being transferred to Barcelona from Liverpool, partly because of his World Cup Chomp: Luis Suárez, who was suspended from all soccer activities for four months after […]

Why do people deny climate change? Plus a plea for accommodationism (not from me)

  This is the second post inspired by a short essay in the New York Times, “When beliefs and facts collide,” by Brendan Nyhan, whose essay itself discusses a 49-page paper by Dan M. Kahan that’s in press in Advances in Political Psychology. Kahan is a professor of law and psychology at Yale. (Kahan’s paper, in advance form, can be […]

Kentucky state legislator says the dumbest thing ever about climate change

UPDATE: If you want to email Senator Brandon Smith, the guy who’s in the video below, there’s a simple email form here. You’ll have more clout if you’re from Kentucky, but I’ve sent an email myself. __________ God help America! (Of course he can’t, because he doesn’t exist). Here’s a Kentucky state senator making a […]

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